Modern O.Y.O.Flats (1988)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180 x 150
Private collection, Melbourne

The list of 1988 sales in Arkley’s archive records this as the only work from his 1988 Tolarno show to have remained unsold at the time.

The painting is a variant of O.Y.O.Flats 1987: for comparative remarks, see Carnival 81ff., noting the substitution of a dead tree for the leafy tree in the earlier work. The effect seems to be to accentuate the aridity of the urban/suburban scene.


  • unknown


  • HA Tolarno 8/88, cat.4
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (all 3 venues; as c.1987; size etc. as above)


  • Carnival 81ff. and Fig.2.31 (full-page ill.)